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Women's Semifinals: Iga Swiatek Powers Into Final With Dominant Win Over Marta Kostyuk
2 Min Read · March 15, 2024

Asked in her briefing with reporters Friday which tennis player, past or present, she would like to have dinner with, Iga Swiatek chose Steffi Graf.

And the subject matter?

“Well, her mentality and how she handled suddenly being the best player out there and how she felt with it personally,” the Pole added.

Swiatek is handling herself just fine, thank you, on and off the court.

In the former, besides being a four-time Grand Slam winner, Swiatek is now into her 94th week as the World No. 1 at the tender age of 22.

She moved into a second final at the BNP Paribas Open by beating World No. 32 Marta Kostyuk 6-2, 6-1 in one hour, five minutes. Swiatek won the crown in the desert in 2022 and if she triumphs Sunday, would match Graf’s title haul of two at the event.

“For sure, I'm proud of myself and really excited” to make a second final in Indian Wells, said Swiatek. “I think it was a great match for me today. I have all positive vibes.”

Kostyuk needed the trainer in the second set for a foot issue and Swiatek’s previous foe, the comeback Caroline Wozniacki, retired after losing the first set.

But their tasks would have been difficult even if not physically impaired. Swiatek has a way of blazing through matches by posting 6-0 bagel sets, leading Coco Gauff to say that she owns a “bakery.” Swiatek hasn’t lost a set this edition and has spent less than six hours on court in five matches.

In the first two matches after a bye, Swiatek eased past Grand Slam finalist Danielle Collins and Linda Noskova. Collins had Swiatek on the ropes at the Australian Open — before Noskova then toppled her one round later.

Her record against foes outside the Top 30 after downing Collins, Wozniacki and Kostyuk improved to 56-3 in her last 59 tussles. Swiatek says she is enjoying the peace and quiet of Indian Wells.

“Here I wouldn't say I'm going somewhere,” said Swiatek. “It's mostly just me being in the house. There's this one viewing point that you can go to, which is pretty nice in the mountains. But overall, yeah, I feel much better in this kind of environment rather than big cities. I mean, except maybe Paris because I know it pretty well, and I always stay in places, like, closer to parks and everything,” added the three-time French Open winner.

Swiatek has a rest day Saturday — or at least a non match day — before attempting to pick up more silverware Sunday against either Gauff or Maria Sakkari.

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